Teaching

Here you find an overview of available courses (Lectures, Seminars and Exercises) of the Quantum Group, Faculty of Physics.

Due to the current Covid-19-situation, some of the courses will be held online.
Further information about the teaching-modes of the University of Vienna can be found here.


BACHELOR Courses (Summersemester 2021):

Lecture

Classical and Quantum Optics (260100)

Lecturer(s): Markus Aspelmeyer, Oliver H. Heckl

The aim of the course is to obtain an understanding of the classical and quantum properties of light. The course will provide an introduction into the experimental foundations of quantum optics, the key experiments and the basic theoretical principles. Depending on current CoViD restrictions: either standard lecture format with mixed blackboard/Powerpoint presentation or online ZOOM lectures.

When: 
Thursday, 11:00 - 12:15
Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:00

Where: online

ECTS-Credits: 4.00

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Laboratory

Classical and Quantum Optics (260036)

Lecturer(s): Philip Walther, Oliver H. Heckl, Manuel Reisenbauer, Lee Arthur Rozema

Characterization of optical elements – experimental statistics of various states of light – experimental characterization of the quantum nature of light – quantum randomness – polarization states – observation of wave properties as well as particle behavior – interaction-free measurements – coherence length – laser and optical cavities or alternatively atom spectroscopy. The insights and content of this course will be made accessible via experiments. Each experimental group has a limit of up to 4 students and will require 1 week of full-time work.

When:
First meeting Thursday, 17th of June 2021, 11:00 
Block 6th - 10th of September 2021

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ECTS-Credits: 7.00

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Lecture

Quantum Information (260085)

Lecturer(s): Beatrix Hiesmayr

Topics will include: Pure/mixed states, Bloch's sphere in higher dimensions, geometries of the Hilbert-Schmidt spaces, general quantum measurements (POVMs), Kraus-operators, decoherence, Choi-Jamiolkowski isomorphism, quantum computer:gates/circuits/algorithms, separable/ entangled states, separability criteria, Bell's theorem, multipartite entanglement, quantum teleportation/dense coding, quantum communication complexity, introduction to error corrections.

When: 
Monday, 14:15 - 15:30
Tuesday, 14:30 - 15:30

Where: online

ECTS-Credits: 4.00

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MASTER Courses (Summersemester 2021):

NOTE: ALL MASTER-COURSES CAN BE USED FOR PHD-STUDIES AND VICE VERSA.

Lecture

Theory in Quantum Optics and Quantum Information (260027)

Lecturer(s): Borivoje Dakic, Thomas Nikolai Kiesel

Topics will include:
1) Quantization of the Electromagnetic Field, 2) Quantum states of light (Fock states, coherent states, squeezed states etc.), 3) Phase-space methods (representation theorems, Wigner, Glauber and Husimi function, optical equivalence theorem), 4) Quantum linear optics ( beamsplitters and phase-shifters), 5) Elements of entanglement theory for continuous-variable systems, 6) Hong-Ou-Mandel effect, 7) Non-linear optics (parametric down-conversion), 8) Light-matter interaction (Rabi model, Jaynes-Cummings model).

When: 
Wednesday, 10:45 - 12:15
Friday, 09:00 - 10:30

Where: online

ECTS-Credits: 6.00

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Lecture+Exercise (VU)

Advanced Methods in quantum optomechanics: from atoms to solids (260103)

Lecturer(s): Uros Delic, Markus Aspelmeyer

This course aims to explore the field of quantum optomechanics with a special emphasis on optically trapped atoms and levitated solid-state objects. Levitated optomechanics is at the forefront of research in quantum optics. The lectures will cover fundamental concepts and provide students with a firm grasp of the subject. In-depth calculations during the lectures will further deepen understanding of the most important concepts.

When: Tuesday, 15:30 - 17:45

Where: online

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Lecture+Exercise (VU)

Entanglement in quantum many-body systems (260070)

Lecturer(s): Norbert Schuch

Correlated quantum many-body systems are systems composed of many particles (such as materials) where at low temperatures, complex quantum correlations ("entanglement") between the individual constituents play a central role. These quantum correlations can give rise to rather unconventional physical effects, such as in the Fractional Quantum Hall Effect, which exhibits precisely quantized edge currents and whose excitations carry charges which are e.g. "one third of an electron" and which possess exotic statistics, being neither bosons nor fermions.

When: Monday, 10:30 - 13:00

Where: online

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Seminar

Frontiers of Matter Wave Technology (260028)

Lecturer(s): Markus Arndt, Thomas Juffmann

We will review modern experiments on coherent control of electrons, neutrons, atoms, molecules and nanoparticles.

When: Monday, 09:00 - 10:30

Where: online

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Seminar

Concepts, phenomena and paradoxes at the interface between quantum physics and gravity (260030)

Lecturer(s): Markus Aspelmeyer, Caslav Brukner

The seminar will provide an introduction to relevant literature and current discussions on quantum phenomena involving general relativity.

When: Thursday, 14:00 - 15:30

Where: online

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Lecture+Exercise (VU)

Qubits, Spins and Quantum Sensors (260132)

Lecturer(s): Michael Trupke, Kahan Mcaffer Dare

The Lecture „Qubits, Spins, and Quantum Sensors“ is an introduction to a selection of key topics in quantum technology, with a focus on spin-based systems such as the nitrogen-vacancy centre in diamond. The lecture will comprise the concept of a qubit, some of its physical implementations and the core applications of such systems. The description of applications will include an overview of quantum computation, quantum communication, and quantum sensing. A particular focus of the description will be placed on electronic and nuclear spins in semiconductors such as diamond, silicon, and silicon carbide. This focus will allow to underline the connection between quantum technology and “classical” nuclear magnetic resonance as well as electron spin resonance methods. The course will outline the astounding technological and conceptual progress of the field in the last decades, examples of current research directions, and existing commercial pursuits.

When: Wednesday, 16:00 - 18:15

Where: online

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Laboratory

Laboratory Quantum Optics (260211)

Lecturer(s): Philip Walther, Kahan Mcaffer Dare, Lee Arthur Rozema, Raffaele Silvestri, Ksenija Simonovic

Setup of a source for entangled photon pairs – Violation of Bell’s inequality – non-classical two-photon interference (Hong-Ou-Mandel effect) – Encoding of quantum information – optical quantum computer gates – sources and detectors for molecular optics – experimental molecule interference – Experiments using Nitrogen-Vacancies in diamond or, alternatively radiation pressure experiments. The insights and content of this course will be made accessible via experiments. Experiments are done in groups of 2 students and require 2 weeks of full-time work.

When:
First meeting Thursday, 17th of June 2021, 11:30
Block 13th - 24th of September 2021

Where: online

ECTS-Credits: 10.00

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PHD Courses (Summersemester 2021):

NOTE: ALL MASTER-COURSES CAN BE USED FOR PHD-STUDIES AND VICE VERSA.

Course

VCQ Summerschool (520007)

Lecturer(s): Markus Aspelmeyer, Philip Walther

Quantum mechanics, which used to be only a fascinating theory and an exciting approach to understand the nature, has now become a powerful tool to build new generations of sensors and detectors. Quantum sensors have a wide range of applications in various areas including communication technology, electromagnetic field sensing and biosensing. In the upcoming VCQ summer school, we aim to cover the basics of quantum sensing with photonic and solid state systems and our speakers will present state-of-the-art applications of such systems. After being introduced to the basics, participants will get to know the most recent advancements in quantum sensors and how they outperform classical counterparts.

When: 6th - 10th of September 2021

Where: tba

ECTS-Credits: 3.00

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Seminar

Photonic Quantum Information Processing (520023)

Lecturer(s): Philip Walther

When: Tuesday, 10:00 - 11:30

Where: online

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Seminar

VCQ - Quantum Optics Seminar (520008)

Lecturer(s): Caslav Brukner, Markus Aspelmeyer

Introduction to experiments and theoretical approaches in modern quantum science, including quantum foundations, quantum technologies and quantum information processing.

When: Monday, 17:00 - 18:30

Where: online

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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Seminar

Quantum Nanophysics II: Quantum Experiments Searching for Physics Beyond the Standard ModelQuantum Nanophysics II: Quantum Experiments Searching for Physics Beyond the Standard Model (520004)

Lecturer(s): Markus Arndt

When: Tuesday, 13:30 - 15:00

Where: online

ECTS-Credits: 5.00

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